The Hermit: Guess what I saw today?
Me: Umm, what?
The Hermit: I saw a flock of about twenty turkeys, about a mile from home. And guess what else?
Me: Oh please, don't tell me you saw a snowy owl. (I would have had homicidal thoughts)
The Hermit: No, I saw THREE great gray owls! They were being mobbed by crows.
Me: (trying to cover up for even more intense homicidal thoughts) No, really? Where?
The Hermit: Between Bruno and Willow River (on County Road 43 in Pine County).
Me: Grrr...(insanely jealous, but overjoyed)
I don't question his ID; he and I saw plenty of them together during the Great Irruption of '05, so he obviously knows his owls.
And, looking at the Minnesota Ornithologist's Union website, I am confused. I no longer know how to post sightings to the listserv. Help, anyone?
Of course this means the Pine County Christmas Bird Count, less than two weeks from today, could be interesting.